Atheist Exposed makes for interesting reading.

I stumbled across a relatively new blog called Atheist Exposed written by a woman down in Houston, Texas who has decided that after 30 years it was finally time to come out of the atheist closet. She summarizes what her blog will be about as follows:

A 48 year old government worker, 30 year closet atheist, is exposing to her friends, co-workers and clients her lack of belief in God. This is an experiment in humanity and tolerance. Hoping for a good outcome. Approaching in a non-confrontational manner. These are my friends, and I care about them. I hope they can accept me as I am. My goal is to help my Christian associates have the knowledge, that they know an atheist, and she’s not a bad person.

I’m always fascinated by accounts like this mainly because my own experiences seem to be very different. Most folks who have known me for any amount of time are well aware of my atheism, but sometimes with coworkers it’ll be awhile before the topic comes up in discussions at work and they learn about my lack of faith. I don’t know if it’s my supposedly scary appearance or the fact that I’m generally a friendly and gregarious person in real life, but most folks who find out I’m an atheist don’t end up making too big a deal out of it. Usually there’s some surprise and maybe a small discussion at the time and then it’s generally dropped by most folks. I can’t think of any obviously recognizable forms of discrimination I’ve received over my lack of faith that didn’t occur years ago, certainly nothing recent, and most of the angry diatribes I get for being an atheist come in the form of emails from people I’ve never met, but even those are fairly rare these days.

Interestingly enough, despite my image on SEB of being anti-religious, there are quite a few believers I know in real life who will seek me out to discuss their beliefs when they’re having a crisis of faith. I think it’s my honesty and willingness to entertain other viewpoints and discuss them logically (or as logically as you can discuss the idea of a supreme being) with them that helps them work out their issues and feel better about themselves and their faith. I think I’ve done as much to help some folks keep the faith as any preacher or priest, which is truly ironic to consider.

Anyway, Atheist Exposed is an interesting read and I thought you folks might like to check it out.

7 thoughts on “Atheist Exposed makes for interesting reading.

  1. I’m always fascinated by accounts like this mainly because my own experiences seem to be very different.

    I’ve been reading that blog for a bit now myself, and maybe that is the struggle I’m having with it.  I have no experienced any of the issues she is having.  Perhpas it truly is down to location of where I live vs where she lives, but my family/friends/co-workers all know I’m an atheist, and no one has an issue.  It’s just not something that ever comes up really.  Every once in a while it might come up when people are discussing things, but then we each have our say, move on to the next topic.

  2. Glad to hear that there are parts of your country where atheism is no problem. Reading blogs like the one you posted I got the impression that its quite hard being an atheist in the U.S. Here in Switzerland, I never had any problems whatsoever with being an atheist.

  3. Parts of the country where atheism is no problem?  Try running for city council if you are an outspoken atheist.

    Yup.  Even here in “ultra-liberal” LA-la-land (Los Angeles), I’d bet a member of ANY off-the-wall cult would have a better chance of getting into office than someone who identifies themselves as an atheist.

  4. I’m always a little amazed that in some places a person’s religious (dis)inclinations matter so much.  Up here in the northern wasteland I would venture to guess that most people at the very least would identify themselves as not belonging to any particular religious organization and many would even go so far as to note that they’re atheists entirely.  Indeed, of the people I grew up with the vast majority came from families where there was no professed belief in God (or any other divine entity for that matter). 

    From what I often hear people say on their blogs, I wonder if I’ve had an unusual experience when it comes to the people I’ve encountered’s religious views.

  5. Atheist Exposed and similar blogs make fascinating reading to me since I never had the experience of publicly declaring I’m an atheist. I was raised in a total vacuum of religion by an atheist father and a theistic agnostic mother and have always been an atheist. And I think everyone I work with either doesn’t care or just assumes I’m an atheist.

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